International Cooperation and Development

Our work

The EU is an active player in the development field. We promote good governance, human and economic development, and tackle global issues, such as fighting poverty, hunger and preserving natural resources.

Our development efforts are comprehensive, coherent, and effective. All our actions reflect the 5 ‘Ps’ of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership. We coordinate our work with EU member countries, build international partnerships, involve all relevant stakeholders in our development efforts, and partner with developing countries to achieve their ambitions. Our development cooperation focuses on results, transparency, and mutual accountability.

#vdLcommission: Presentation message by Jutta Urpilainen

European Development Policy

European development policy is our responsibility. We ensure its relevance, coherence, and effectiveness, all while making sure it stays in line with our international commitments.


  • Democracy and human rights
  • Education and skills
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Gender equality
  • Health
  • Urban and regional development
  • Nutrition and food security
  • Peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Sustainable economic growth
  • Water and sanitation
  • Partners